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Title Wir Barbaren! [Us Barbarians!]
Collection Imperial War Museum: Posters of Conflict - The Visual Culture of Public Information and Counter Information
Artist Oppenheim, Louis
Printer Dr Selle und Co, A-G, Berlin
Associated Person Beethoven, Ludwig van
Associated Person Bismarck, Otto E L von (Chancellor)
Associated Person Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Associated Person Dürer, Albrecht
Associated Person Kant, Immanuel
Associated Person Gutenberg, Johannes
Associated Person Humboldt, Alexander von
Creator Date Of Birth 1879
Creator Date Of Death 1936
Date 1915
Concept propaganda, military personnel, civilian personnel, uniform, emblems, wounded / disabled, portrait / personification, historical reference, illustration, politicians
Description whole: the images occupy the majority and most are held within a grey area. The images in the lower quarter are each held within a green circular area. The title is separate and positioned in the upper quarter, in white gothic script held within a black area. The text is integrated and positioned across the whole, in black held within a grey area, and white held within a black area. All set against a white background.
image: a series of contrastingly sized diagrams are used to illustrate the differences between German, British and French society. The first is a depiction of the heads of three infantrymen. The second is the heads of three civilian males. The third is of three stacks of books. The fourth is of three invalids. The fifth is of three laurel wreaths. The lower images are portraits of German historical figures, including Dürer, Beethoven, Kant, Bismarck, Gutenberg, von Humboldt and Goethe.
text: 'Wir Barbaren!'
Analphabeten (auf je 10000 Rekruten) (1913)
2 Deutschland
100 England
320 Frankreich
Ausgaben für Schulwesen (1913)
878 Millionen Mk Deutschland
384 Millionen Mk England
261 Millionen Mk Frankreich
Bücher-Erzeugung (1912)
D. 34,800
E. 12,100
F. 9,600
Jährl. Leistungen der Sozial-Versicherung
900 Millionen Mk Deutschland
0 England
100 Millionen Mk Frankreich
Wissenschaftliche Nobelpreise 1901-15
D. 16
E. 5
F. 6
Klischees und Druck von Dr. Selle und Co. G.m.b.H., Berlin SW 29
[Us Barbarians! Number of illiterates (per 10,000 recruits) (1913): 2 - Germany. 100 - England. 320 - France. Expenditure on schooling (1913): 878 million marks - Germany. 384 million marks - England. 261 million marks - France. Book production (1912): Germany - 34,800. England - 12,100. France - 9,600. Annual benefits paid by Social Insurance: 900 million marks - Germany. 0 England. 100 million marks - France. Nobel Prizes for Science, 1901-15: Germany - 16. England - 5. France - 6. Dürer, Goethe, Beethoven, Kant, Bismarck, Gutenberg, A. von Humboldt. Plates and printing by Dr. Selle and Co. Ltd. [address].]
Object wheelchair, pipe, book, laurel wreath, hat
Id Number Current Accession IWM PST 6921
Location Creation Site Germany
Measurements Dimensions 646 mm x 495 mm
Format Series Notes A different version of this poster was produced (see PST 6908). A Spanish language version (PST 6920) and a Dutch language version (PST 6909) were also produced.
Event WW1 German Home Front
Related Country Germany (pre 1945 and post 1990) DE, Great Britain GB, France FR
Text Language German
Rights Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders and gain permission for use of the images within this collection. We would be grateful for any information concerning copyright and will withdraw images immediately on copyright holder’s request.
Style Period Period 1914-1918
Work Type poster



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